North Island Giant Moa
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North Island Giant Moa is an extinct bird Friend that appeared in the original Kemono Friends mobile game.
North Island Giant Moa has brown hair with a long ponytail and a shade of yellow at the tip of her front fringe. Her skin is bronze and her eyes are yellow, she also has tattoos on her cheeks and wears golden earrings with red jewels attached to them. Her top is composed of a short and sleeveless white shirt with a neckline that is cut very low in front gently curving a deep V, a long fluffy scarf, brown evening gloves, three golden bracelets on her left wrist and one bracelet on her right wrist. She wears a short circular brown skirt with pressed-in ridges and mauve thigh-high socks with tribal symbols on them. Like other bird Friends, she has a pair of brown wings on her head, however this is inaccurate as the moa in real life were completely wingless.
In Real Life
This particular moa lived on the North Island of New Zealand, and lived in the lowlands (shrublands, grasslands, dunelands, and forests). Slightly smaller than the South Island giant moa, the North Island species was the second tallest of the nine moa species, standing up to 2 metres at the back and up to 3 metres with neck stretched upwards. Both giant moa species (genus Dinornis) had relatively long, shaggy hair-like feathers up to 18 cm long, covering the body, and exhibited the greatest size difference between males and females of any bird, with adult females being much larger than adult males.
Based on their skull and bill morphology and the frequent presence of large masses of gizzard stones, it is likely that North Island moa consumed a fibrous diet of twigs and leaves. Flowers, berries and seeds from trees, shrubs and vines were also taken, but they consumed few herbs or grasses.
The main cause of extinction was overhunting by humans for food. Moa chicks may have also been eaten by the introduced Polynesian Dog.
The relatively long leg bones of giant moa indicates that they were more agile than other large moa species, and a large olfactory lobe suggests that they had an acute sense of smell.
The remains of a large white moa egg (190 x 150 mm) thought to be from this species was found in a rock shelter near Waitomo Caves. It is estimated that this egg would have weighed over 3 kg when fresh.